\ ˈblend How to pronounce blend (audio) \
blended also blent\ ˈblent How to pronounce blend (audio) \; blending

Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : mix especially : to combine or associate so that the separate constituents or the line of demarcation cannot be distinguished
2 : to prepare by thoroughly intermingling different varieties or grades

intransitive verb

1a : to mingle intimately or unobtrusively
b : to combine into an integrated whole
2 : to produce a harmonious effect



Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something produced by blending: such as
a : a product prepared by blending
b : a word (such as brunch) produced by combining other words or parts of words
2 : a group of two or more consecutive consonants that begin a syllable

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Other Words from blend


blendable \ ˈblen-​də-​bəl How to pronounce blend (audio) \ adjective

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mix, mingle, commingle, blend, merge, coalesce, amalgamate, fuse mean to combine into a more or less uniform whole. mix may or may not imply loss of each element's identity. mix the salad greens mix a drink mingle usually suggests that the elements are still somewhat distinguishable or separately active. fear mingled with anticipation in my mind commingle implies a closer or more thorough mingling. a sense of duty commingled with a fierce pride drove her blend implies that the elements as such disappear in the resulting mixture. blended several teas to create a balanced flavor merge suggests a combining in which one or more elements are lost in the whole. in his mind reality and fantasy merged coalesce implies an affinity in the merging elements and usually a resulting organic unity. telling details that coalesce into a striking portrait amalgamate implies the forming of a close union without complete loss of individual identities. refugees who were readily amalgamated into the community fuse stresses oneness and indissolubility of the resulting product. a building in which modernism and classicism are fused

Examples of blend in a Sentence

Verb The music blends traditional and modern melodies. She blends psychology and crime in her new novel. Noun a blend of cream and eggs a blend of traditional and modern melodies
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Trying to spark those little bits of excitement can be difficult, especially if all of the days seem to blend together after a while. Chris Hachey, BGR, 24 May 2021 Tyler Joseph sings about how days seem to blend together and feeling uncertain in the current climate and the need to find one’s footing once again towards happy experiences. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 19 May 2021 Malt, pears, and a variety of floral notes all blend together nicely. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 13 May 2021 All of the end-of-the-school-year and college mail starts to blend together. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 11 May 2021 Knead the clay together to create a marbled effect (be careful not to knead the clay so much that the colors blend together) and roll back out to ¼-inch thick. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 May 2021 Textures, patterns, and bright tones all blend together to create a striking aesthetic. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 30 Apr. 2021 At a time when mock drafts tend to blend together with similar predictions, Daniel Jeremiah has a unique pick for No. 10 overall with the Cowboys selecting Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye. John Owning, Dallas News, 16 Apr. 2021 Crypt of the Necrodancer and The Legend of Zelda are two tastes that happen to blend beautifully together. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, 29 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Often, the fruit or veggies will be salted, partially dried in the sun and then packed in oil along with a heady blend of spices. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 26 May 2021 He was received with a hearty blend of cheers and jeers. Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2021 Single origin Ecuadorian cacao is infused with a blend of adaptogenic herbs formulated by Chinese and Ayurvedic practitioners to support specific functions. Anna Haines, Forbes, 5 May 2021 Ouidad’s dry shampoo is infused with a blend of mongongo and rosehip seed oils, which together help condition her hair and scalp. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, 15 Apr. 2021 The best part about the Amazon Essentials sleeveless jumpsuit is that on top of its loose-fitting design, it's made with a blend of linen and cotton. Sanah Faroke, Southern Living, 13 Apr. 2021 Roast oysters with a hearty blend of bacon, garlic, and hot sauce. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Apr. 2021 For even more of a moisture and shine boost, the mask also comes infused with a blend of oils, including rice bran, avocado, and sunflower seed. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, 6 Apr. 2021 The dough is made with a blend of two flours (Organic Skagit and Glacier Peak) from Cairnspring Mills, a supplier in Washington’s Skagit Valley that is also used by baking heavyweights including Tartine. Andy Wang, Robb Report, 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of blend


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blend


Middle English, probably from Old Norse blend-, present stem of blanda to mix; akin to Old English blandan to mix, Lithuanian blandus impure, cloudy

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“Blend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to mix (things) thoroughly and usually with good results
: to exist together as a combination



English Language Learners Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

: something produced by mixing or combining different things


\ ˈblend How to pronounce blend (audio) \
blended; blending

Kids Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to mix so completely that the separate things mixed cannot be told apart
2 : to exist agreeably with each other She chose soft colors that blend well.
blend in
: to look like part of something He tried to blend in with the group.



Kids Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a thorough mixture : a product made by blending
2 : a word formed by combining parts of two or more other words so that they overlap The word "smog" is a blend of "smoke" and "fog."

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